The Australian Oaks features the best staying fillies from Australia and New Zealand and it runs this Saturday on Day 2 of The Championships.
The locals have a good chance with the likes of Hiyaam and Aloisia, but the Kiwis are coming with their contingent and it should make for another quality Oaks contest.
We have free tips and form for every runner, which includes our best bet, best each way and best roughie.
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2018 Australian Oaks final field, barrier draw and odds
Our best bets for the Australian Oaks 2018
Savvy Coup @ $7 – BET NOW
Best Each Way Bet:
Aloisia @ $6.50 – BET NOW
Danzdanzdance @ $16 – BET NOW
2018 Australian Oaks Form Guide & Tips
Aloisia (Best Each Way – $6.50) – BET NOW
That was a top effort to finish third in the Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes last start and she has a good chance to win over more ground.
Her most recent distance race came in the Victorian Oaks where she disappointed for sixth behind Pinot, but she has gradually improved since and another win isn’t far off.
She might only be a three-time winner but she’s classy at best and she is primed for a big run here.
Hiyaam ($4.70) – BET NOW
The win from Hiyaam at Group 1 level last start was no fluke and she should get every chance to lead throughout from barrier one.
The daughter of High Chaparral dictated play last time out and run her opposition into the ground, but she was paying double figure on that occasion.
The $4.80 is a touch under value at this stage and although we respect her ability, we can’t back her at that price.
Unforgotten ($4.10) – BET NOW
Chris Waller lines up this talented filly which finished second behind Hiyaam last time out.
The Fastnet Rock filly has won four of her eight career starts and she looked impressive winning all three starts last campaign.
The worry is her odds drifting from $3.50 to $4.20 and there might not be much stable confidence that she can stay the trip.
Savvy Coup (Best Bet – $7) – BET NOW
The New Zealand-trained filly comes into this having won the NZ Oaks last start and she did so in easy fashion.
The Pitman-trained daughter of Savabeel won by 1.3 lengths and was cruising to the line over a good field.
Chris Johnson rides which is an interesting decision from connections, but his patience should be a positive in this race and Savvy Coup will be putting in the big bounds late and she’s paying a value price.
Luvaluva ($5.75) – BET NOW
Luvaluva survived a notable betting drift to score last Saturday and she could step up to Group 1 level this time around.
The John Sargent-trained filly has been threatening to win a major race for a long time now and although she has her doubters, we wouldn’t put winning the Oaks past her.
Keep safe at the each way odds.
Bring Me Roses ($23) – BET NOW
We were prepared to give her a chance this campaign but she has shown us nothing.
The Tony McEvoy-trained runner just hasn’t come back the same horse and winning this would be a big upset at the odds.
Contessa Vanessa ($19) – BET NOW
Another Kiwi runner, the Rogerson-trained filly has been running well across the Tasman but looks held at this level.
She finished second behind Savvy Coup in the NZ Oaks and we think Savvy Coup will win here, but she was battling at the line and she would need to improve to turn the tables.
Include in first four options only.
Danzdanzdance (Best Roughie – $16) – BET NOW
Connections of Danzdanzdance were desperately seeking rain but given how much the track has been watered to help Winx, she might get something nice underfoot.
The Kiwi filly has shown her best form on rain-affected tracks and whilst the track isn’t going to be rated anywhere near the heavy range, she might not be far off them.
Michael Walker is riding in good form currently and he’s the man to have in the saddle.
Chilly Cha Cha ($35) – BET NOW
The Kris Lees-trained filly finished third behind Luvaluva last start and she looks held at this level.
She has a good winning record of four from eight but place chances seem best here.
She’s A Treasure ($34) – BET NOW
Known as “Tresure” in New Zealand, the Tony Pike-trained runner hasn’t had much luck this campaign and she could surprise a few here.
She needed the run behind Luvaluva last start and we’re expecting a better effort this time around.
$34 is a solid price.
Miss Admiration ($67) – BET NOW
Nice win at Ballarat two back but she was beaten by 10 lengths in the Vinery.
Connections might be aiming too high.
Naivasha ($51) – BET NOW
Nigel Blackiston knows how to train stayers so we wouldn’t be surprised if the $126 opener (in to $51) went well but winning would be a stretch.
Wild Sea ($126) – BET NOW
Has been backed in from $251 to $126 but that’s where the positives end.
Nice win last start but this is a massive rise in class.